Although the Maltese Islands are very small, they are very rich in their biodiversity, not least the avifauna. Some of these birds also breed here, but owing to both natural and unnatural causes, there are some species which today no longer breed, as well as others which could read but do not.
The lack of a national plan of action for the conservation and protection of birds and their natural habitats is one of the reasons why this international heritage cannot be enjoyed as it should be. Such plans have to be drafted on the concepts and principles entrenched in international conventions.
This book gives a scientific and historical review of the natural habitats of the Maltese Islands and its breeding birds.
It is intended to help pave the way for more open dialogue to achieve a better understanding and appreciation of birds.
Only then can everybody share these islands with them, while enjoying the heritage which our present generation has been entrusted to protect.